Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Lister
Designation: Architect
Born: 4 September 1904
Died: 23 February 1995
Bio Notes: James Lister was born on 4 September 1904, the son of Christina Lister. He was articled to Charles Campbell, Methil, from July 1919 to July 1924, while at the same time taking evening classes at Buckhaven High School. He remained as junior assistant with Campbell for a further two years. He moved to the practice of Gillespie & Scott in 1926 being promoted to senior assistant in charge of the Kirkcaldy branch office in 1932. In 1936 he moved to the post of Assistant Master of Works with Michael Nairn & Co. He remained with the company during the Second World War taking on the role of Civil Defence Officer from 1939 to 1945. In January 1946, still with the company, he became Architect and Master of Works. He remained with the firm which became Nairn-Williamson by 1965 until he retired in 1969.

He was elected LRIBA in 1956, proposed by Robert Forbes Hutchison, R G Cox and E L Gall, and ARIAS in 1964.

He died on 23 February 1995 at Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy, survived by his wife Christina Wilson Smith.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3C/o Box 1, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1950s  
Item 2 of 38, David Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1956  
Item 3 of 313, Boglily Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1964 *1995 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Charles Ogilvie Campbell  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Gillespie & Scott1930s(?) Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Richard George Cox10 April 1956For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Eric Leslie Gale10 January 1956For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Forbes Hutchison10 April 1956For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination PapersL no 6687 (Box 154)